Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes is operated on ‘Halfway’ - a 100-acre property in Selbourne, Tasmania.
Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes is the love child of Annette and Nevil Reed. This established business began in 2012 and has developed a reputation of being the premier producer of heirloom tomatoes in Tasmania. Through quite a lot of trial, error and loss they now grow all the tomatoes in tunnels for the best quality produce.
They devote many months of careful planning and preparation for the best quality and taste and grow in the soil and use organic and biological means to farm.
Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes have high standards on their farm and operate by their philosophy is simple: "Don’t offer anything that we would not be delighted with ourselves. We are proud to put our name to them and offer them to Tasmania. Taste. Colour. Variety"
Rebecca, the daughter of Annette and Nevil, and her partner Dylan have recently moved back to Tasmania to take on all the challenges of the farm, learning all they can form her parents and introducing their own skills and love to the produce as well.
Dylan and Rebecca are both from farming backgrounds; Dylan from a Dairy Goat farm in Sandy Creek, Victoria and Rebecca from Selbourne, Tasmania, where her parents have established their farm - Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes.
Growing up, the Farm was a hobby farm as both of Rebecca's parents worked off farm. They had a handful of sheep, cattle, chickens and a Trufferie, but no Tomatoes or Garlic. Rebecca left home and headed north to work as a Jillaroo on Cattle stations across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. She stopped in Darwin for a few years and worked as an accounts officer to improve her administration skills. Dylan also worked across a large area of Australia as a machine operator. Rebecca's parents, Annette and Nevil, established Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes in 2012, and now Dylan and Rebecca have returned to Tasmania to take on the challenges of running the farm themselves.
Whilst the business is well known throughout Tasmanian restaurants and markets and is well established, Dylan and Rebecca have not had much experience with this type of farming and feel they have a lot to catch up on including the names, tastes, sizes and colours of over 130 varieties of tomatoes! Their challenge will be to grow the agritourism arm of the farm, expand production & existing markets and set up a sustainable path for our succession. They are both excited to take on all of these challenges and look forward to working with the Sprout Community!